15 October 2017
For a very long time we wanted to make a material about how to properly remove the gel-lacquer coating, and even went for certain sacrifices in order to make everything look obvious – in August we did a material about the sky-blue design, which persistently withstood all adversities and deprivations, but all the good things come to an end, and it’s time to say goodbye to him.
We met with Nika Matveyeva – as the leading technologist of the brand OPI and the world champion in nail modeling according to the version OMC which not only delicately and professionally removed our very resistant coating, but also put everything in order. We went to the well known to us salon NailsOffice and are ready to tell all the most important secrets of this difficult process:
We need to start from what kind of gel-lacquer we take off, because it is the brand that determines our further actions. Gels are now completely different: there are full gels, there are “hybrids”, and all the coatings “go” very differently from the nail plate. For example, GelColor from OPI is designed in such a way that when removed, literally “bounce” with a film, so it can be applied with a special liquid to remove and nail the nails in foil, and after 10 minutes it can easily be removed.
As for the bulk of gels, widely represented now on the market, they are, for the most part, slightly denser in structure, and as a consequence, are heavier and longer cleaned off the nail. Therefore, if we do not remember which gel the lacquer was applied to us, before the moment of removal, it is necessary to slightly “saw” the nails, especially if there is a decent thickness of the coating. In this case, it is necessary to cut not just the center, but completely the top layer. For this purpose, a rough saw blade, 150 or 100 abrasive is best suited.
In general, a stable coating, of course, can be removed and at home, but it is better not to do this, because more often than not, it ends up because people literally “rip off” the gel along with part of the nail plate, because of the nails are badly damaged. Thus, the myth was born that the coating of gel-varnish strongly spoils the nails.
If in your design there are any large decorative elements, for example, rhinestones, which, we understand, just do not “cut down”, then you need to saw this element on the contour and wrap it with foil – eventually it will bounce itself. If the rhinestones are really large, or there are a lot of them, then they take the cutting pliers and just cut them off.
The cotton disc is best cut into several pieces so that it can only be put on the nail, since the liquid for removing the gel-varnish is quite “tough”, so it’s important not to be lazy or put an integral cotton pad on your finger. As for the wrapping of the foil itself, there are different ways: some masters make at the end such a small pocket that the air gets inside, and in case the liquid is too aggressive it is even good, because the negative effect of the agent on the skin decreases.
But if the liquid is really good and there is no whitening on the skin around the nail, then you can safely wrap your finger more tightly. Then we wait 10 minutes in case this gel-lacquer is known to you and you know how to shoot it. Also, much depends on the body temperature, because if your hands are cold, then “soak” everything will be much longer. It is necessary to pay attention also to the looseness of the nail plate: if it is very loose, the coating will be eaten very deeply, which will certainly complicate the removal process, but if the hands are warm, then everything will go much easier and faster.
In our case, the material on the nails is very tight, so the orange stick will not exactly take it, so we use the iron tool and if we talk about the home removal of the coating, then we also recommend you a similar instrument. But at home, with unaccustomed use, you can “deranut”, so we still advise you to trust this business professionals.
If the coating after removing the foil is poorly cleaned, then we clean the part and rewrap the nail with foil again, successively, each finger. There is one more important point: personally in my opinion, it is best to shoot moving from the free edge to the cuticle. If you move the opposite, from the cuticle to the free edge, then you can stratify the nail and, thus, spoil it.
Of course, there is a certain timing in the salons and there is not always an extra 30-40 minutes to properly remove the cover, so many masters cut the remains of the cover often together with the nail plate. Also, many now remove gel-lacquer apparatus, again, because it is much faster, but this method in any case traumatizes the nail, no matter how carefully the master does not work, because the speed of the apparatus is very fast, and part of the nail is cut in any case. And if you do it regularly, then the nails, in the end, will become very thin.
In other words, the removal of a permanent coating is the procedure on which in no case it is worth saving!